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CTA, Pace face learning curve on joint fare cards

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Commuters head to Pace buses after getting off the Blue Line train at the Rosemont station. Suburban commuters who use PACE and CTA patrons soon will have access to the transit agencies universal fare card, known as Ventra.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Commuters head to Pace buses after getting off the Blue Line train at the Rosemont station. Suburban commuters who use PACE and CTA patrons soon will have access to the transit agencies universal fare card, known as Ventra.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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What will Pace and the CTA's new Ventra card mean for suburban commuters? The move's drawn fire from some Chicago commuters but officials say it should ease travel for riders switching between the systems. The jury's still out on what it means for Metra riders who transfer to CTA from Union or Ogilvie stations.
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    • Commuters head to Pace buses after getting off the Blue Line train at the Rosemont station. Suburban commuters who use PACE and CTA patrons soon will have access to the transit agencies universal fare card, known as Ventra.
    • Commuters head to Pace buses after getting off the Blue Line train at the Rosemont station. Suburban commuters who use PACE and CTA patrons soon will have access to the transit agencies universal fare card, known as Ventra.
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